Happy memories can be dreamlike, hazy, or wildly visceral. I still remember moments in my life as if I just lived them, like I somehow stepped through a time warp to the future. And there are certainly ones that feel further away—almost like I can't believe I was the person living them. Still, nostalgic things including scents, possessions, and even makeup can take you right back.
Just in case you're worried about living in the past, don't fret. A study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found "nostalgia raises self-esteem, which in turn heightens optimism," notes the study's co-author Tim Wildschut, PhD, adding that "memories of the past can help to maintain current feelings of self-worth and can contribute to a brighter outlook on the future."
So in the name of nostalgia (and makeup tips), we're taking a look back at our past experiences through rose-colored glasses. Below, we detail the makeup we were wearing during some of the best, happiest memories we have. Keep reading for your midweek pick-me-up.
Also, this happened: The guy I was sort of seeing told me I wear too much makeup.